30-minute radio program for August 23, 2016. First of two parts.
A new and hard-hitting speech by journalist/essayist Chris Hedges. It 's about the corruption of "the System," the ever-increasing power of "the one percent," the betrayal of the people by the Democratic and Republican parties, the century-long crackdown on dissent, and our increasingly meaningless national politics, in which our nation's real and pressing problems (climate change, oligarchy, a plundered economy) are seldom even mentioned--let alone debated, let alone put to a vote.
Hedges devotes some particular attention to the (then-) three national candidates: Clinton, Sanders, and Trump--none of whom advocates the sort of radical change that (to Hedges) is our only hope.
Introduction by K.D.
Hedges spoke in Seattle on April 25, 2016. Video recording courtesy of Pirate Radio Seattle. I have edited the soundtrack for radio broadcast.